St Mary's hammerbeam roof
St Mary's hammerbeam roof

A marvel of medieval carving, featuring four green men and hundreds of individual angels

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St Mary's Parvise Chapel
St Mary's Parvise Chapel

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St Mary's nave looking west
St Mary's nave looking west

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St Mary's hammerbeam roof
St Mary's hammerbeam roof

A marvel of medieval carving, featuring four green men and hundreds of individual angels

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SAVING THE SPIRE

and so much more...


Big tasks for a little charity!

We hope 2022 will be a record year for Spirewatch's fundraising. The spire of St Mary's Church needs completely re-leading (and considerable repairs). 
The cost of saving Harrow's most visible landmark will be around £440,000.

More than £180,000 has already been raised, from the church's own funds and through Spirewatch - but we are still a long way from that mighty total!  If you are able to make a contribution - large or small - this will help us ensure that the spire which has crowned Harrow Hill for over 500 years will still be there for generations to come. 

HOW TO HELP...

If you wish to “buy" a lead tile in your name or someone else’s, a family name or in memoriam, a small tile costs £320 and a large tile costs £1,200. If you wish to do this, please email your details to spirewatchharrow@gmail.com.
For general donations, the simplest way of giving is through our JustGiving page. Thank you!

 

OTHER RESTORATION PROJECTS

The roof is now watertight - and expected to remain so for another 150 years - but work at St Mary's Church continues, as is to be expected with an ancient Grade I-listed building.

Last year we covered the entire cost of repairing the buttress by the main south entrance - over £22,000.

Other priorities include the medieval Parvise Chapel, which contains precious fragments of centuries-old painting, and the staircase leading up to it. The chapel suffered particularly badly from water damage before the roof was replaced, and further assessment of the woodwork is needed.

 

Yet another area needing urgent attention is St Mary's elaborate lych gate, itself a Grade-II-listed monument.

Yes, for a little charity, we have big tasks ahead!